Helping students comprehend what they read is an essential skill that promotes success in terms of academics and career readiness. This close reading exercise helps students derive deeper meaning from the twenty-first chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee. Featuring 7 multiple choice questions, this editable resource includes an answer key and covers the following:
♦ Analyzing character: assessing Atticus's feelings about his children's attendance.
♦ Inferring meaning in a quote: Jem's lack of awareness of institutionalized racism.
♦ Defining vocabulary in context: relenting.
♦ Analyzing character: Atticus's belief that Tom will be found guilty despite the evidence.
♦ Determining character intent: Reverend Sykes wants to temper Jem's expectations and prepare him for harsh realities.
♦ Locating textual support: “When [the clock] bonged eleven times I was past feeling: tired from fighting sleep, I allowed myself a short nap against Reverend Sykes’s comfortable arm and shoulder.”
♦ Determining character intent: Reverend Sykes wants Scout to demonstrate respect for Atticus's efforts.
This resource aligns well to Adolescent Literacy Project teaching principles. I recommend using these worksheets as the basis for small-group discussions, letting students discuss, debate, and support their reasoning for answer choices. In the role of facilitator, I observe my students becoming more consistently engaged with the novel and taking greater ownership of their learning.
In addition to helping students gain deeper understanding of the material and greater confidence in their ability to read harder texts, this resource may prepare students for ACT-style questioning.
If you prefer a comprehensive resource to make teaching the novel more convenient, consider this mega bundle, which includes a set of 13 comprehension quizzes, a set of 15 close reading worksheets, a 29-page reading guide, and a unit test.